Times are NOT tough!
Most people will rather be realistic about general economic trends and conditions that are actually quite gloomy, but neglect their own personal economies, which function by the law of their own thinking, not the issues of the world situation.
There are always 2 economies in any given time in the world situation:
(1.) Personal Economy
(2.) National/General Economy
What is a Personal Economy?
This is a state of profitability (or lack of) arising from thoughts of progress, matched with intentional plans, to create the “intensity of focus” required to breakthrough all odds and achieve the desired experience.
What is a National/General Economy?
Mostly, it is an aggregate of all personal economies. Most people are pessimists, and realistically so. They insist that they are simply telling the truth. Hence, whole economies of nations are an aggregation of that poor version of truth.
A nation is an abstract entity until it makes its people responsible for their own lives. And by the way, that includes those in government. Input must be equal to (or at least commensurate to) output or else the unfair exchange being created by many government officials (especially in Africa), will keep the people at an unfortunately low level of industrial creativity, and moral production of values, required to uplift it to a place of contribution, among the committee of nations.
The mentality that perpetuates poverty
Getting something for nothing is a good way to make a nation bankrupt in due time. This mentality is the menace that has imprisoned many African leaders and their people. The quality of leader(s) a nation has may be a divine assessment of the general condition of the people. Hence, the prevailing negative behaviour of the people is usually the poverty of virtues they have to deal with in their leader.
Now, the leaders are already there. What can you really do about it? With the mammoth problems facing most African nations, the best response is not a protest because that in itself is self-defeating. Energy is misdirected when you “protest” rather than “process” the issues on a personal level, so that you can ask questions that can save you from the common consequences for irresponsibility that confronts the “unthinking” masses.
The only proactive solution is to turn inward and deal with your inward poverty. Your goal is NOT to transform your nation; your goal is to transform yourself. When you become prosperous inwardly, then there is hope for those in your circle of influence and eventually your nation.
“Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?” (Job 38:36)
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord , searching all the inward parts of the belly (Proverbs 20:27)
Wisdom has been providentially kept in the inward parts, and it is the spirit of man that is enlightened by God, that can search it out. This is essentially the wisdom to discern the Truth (Psalm 51:6, John 14:6, 18:37-38).
Your personal economy is your personal responsibility, and does not require any government legislation to prosper. The only necessary legislation is that of your mind.
Your prevailing thought is a law to your being
Under God, you can pass a law of prosperity in the province of your affairs and no external circumstance can violate such a clear principle, as long as you hold it sacrosanct. Living within the eternal principles of God is a sure way of gaining and retaining such a mastery of life’s affairs. He has supreme and unchallengeable authority over all things, and He has given man the privilege to share that authority, within a given term of reference, to put the earth in a continuous state of order and prosperity.
He has made all things to produce after its kind, even you. So, you can only produce after the kind of thinking that has gained ascendancy in your mind. Every organization will produce after the kind of people who work to make it functional. Which means, the aggregate thought of the people at work in an organization will likely determine its productivity and profitability.
Yet, there is a critical thought to consider: a single rotten apple in a basket of fresh ones is enough to make the others rotten in due time. So, we see that one person with a consistent thought of ill will toward an organization may cause some damages to it, unless there is a deliberate crossing of positive thought from others, that does not relent in seeking the good of the group. And yet, we may discover that the company only breaks through, when the unrelenting positive thinking finally withdraws the negative person from the team.
Thoughts cannot be seen, but they are important. Every one you see is a moving mass of thought, which is potential energy to create any experience in line with the charge of that thought – positive or negative
Discovering your Personal Economy
Personal Economy deals with the amount of inner prosperity required of anyone to realize their potential, to cultivate relationships, and to serve their generation. This is what it means to fulfill destiny. And there are two main factors for gaining inward prosperity:
(1.) Know the Creator (2.) Know thyself
Just like it will be child’s play for you to think that you know a product more than the manufacturer, it is child’s play INDEED for anyone to think he can know himself without knowing the Creator. Yes, sometimes people can know somethings about themselves without knowing the Creator. But that is based on the residual knowledge available in every human soul.
That residual knowledge is not sufficient to produce that inward prosperity required to create a formidable Personal Economy. In fact, let me be honest with you, that residual knowledge is actually there to keep you panting/asking for answers to the questions of life: Questions of Origin, Meaning, Morality and Destiny* are the deepest questions anyone can ask.
This is not a matter of religion; it is a matter of life. To have the necessary inward prosperity to master your life and to serve your generation, you need to answer the nagging questions of your heart. Before you can completely find yourself, you must find God. When you find Him, He will calm the ragging storm of your soul, and you can begin to live from inside out. That is when you are ready to build your own Personal Economy, which will be robust and formidable enough to thrive, irrespective of the prevailing global economic conditions.
* Ravi Zacharias
Note: Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations are from the King James Version.
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